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Mr. Kurt Baumgartner from Kaspersky Labs to Serve as Keynote Speaker

Mr. Kurt Baumgartner to serve as Keynote on the 10th Anniversary of the Malware Conference

The organizing committee of the Malware Conference is delighted to announce that for its 12th year of the Malware Conference, Mr. Kurt Baumgartner from Kaspersky Laboratories will serve as the Keynote speaker.


Malware Conference 2016 Best Paper Award

 Malware Conference 2016 Best Paper Award

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Pittsburg, Pennsylvania,  USA

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El Conquistador Hotel & Resort

1000 El Conquistador Avenue, Fajardo, Puerto Rico, USA

7:15 am to 8:45 am

Breakfast and Registration

8:45 am to 9:00 am

Welcome, Conference Goals, and Introductions

Dr. Fernando C. Colon Osorio

Wireless Systems Security Research Laboratory

9:00 am to 10:15 am

Keynote -

Dmitri Vitaliev, Director at Equalit.ie and
Information Technology and Services Consultant

Biography: Dmitri is the founder and director of eQualit.ie with over a decade of experience working on digital security and privacy technology within the human rights and independent media sector. He has led and participated in missions to over 40 countries, and is a recognized expert on technology training and organizational security. He is the author of the Digital Security and Privacy for Human Rights Defenders manual and was a founding member and coordinator of the NGO-in-a-Box Security Edition project. He has helped to create worldwide networks of trainers, developed curricula for various security programs and is also a regular contributor to technology publications. But his real job is bringing up two kids and trying to be more at home.


Topic: Privacy, Security and the Future of Our Society  


10:15 to 10:30 am


10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Session Chair: Prof. Arun Lakhotia

Session 1 - Mobile Malware, Defense Strategies & Mechanisms

1570297790: Reverse Engineering with Bioinformatics Algorithms Over a Sound Android Covert Channel by Sergio Vargas and Eleazar Aguirre, Instituto Politécnico Nacional Centro de Investigación en Computación, Mejico

1570297288: Dissecting Developer Policy Violating Apps: Characterization and Detection    by Su Mon Kywe and Yingjiu Li, Singapore Management University, Singapore; Jason Hong, Carnegie Mellon University, USA; Yao Cheng, Singapore Management University, Singapore

1570297243: Impact of Base Transceiver Station Selection Mechanisms on a Mobile Botnet Over a LTE Network    Asem Kitana and Issa Traore, University of Victoria, Canada; Isaac Woungang, Ryerson University, Canada


12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Lunch & Affinity Group Discussions

Broad Spectrum Malware Group

Targeted Attacks Group

Measurement Group

Mobile Malware Group



01:30 pm to 03:30 pm

Panel Moderator:

Randy J. Jordan, FBI

Topic: "The Insider Threat: our weakest link. What can we do about it?, and what are the limits before we in fringe on the privacy of individuals?"


Anthony Arrott, CheckVR, USA

Luke T. Jones, Air Force Academy, USA

Paul Black, PhishLabs, Inc.

Dimitri Vitaliev, Equalit.ie

Description: It is universally agreed amongst "Security Professionals" that the most significant weakest links in  the cyber security chain are:

1. System complexity - if Windows XP is estimated to have 40 Million  lines of code, and Windows 10 even a higher number, then,

a. the ability to proof the correctness of the code is NOT possible, and

b. the number of defects present in most modern systems increases with the increased complexity of the system. Said complexity leads to incremental defects, and therefore, increased  vulnerabilities that can be exploited. Bottom line is that increase functionality results in higher security risks; and

2. Humans.

In the past a lot of emphasis has been applied to item # 1. However,  often the efforts to deal with vulnerable humans is less defined, with limited number of tools available to address the problem.

This difficulty, and the corresponding  tension between Privacy and Security is a critical issue that must be addressed. The panelist will have an opportunity to discuss the limits that must be present when organizations infringe on its members privacy.

03:30 pm to 03:45 pm


03:45 pm to 05:00 pm

Session Chair: Anthony Arrott

Session 2 - Broad Spectrum Malware, Defense Strategies & Mechanisms

1570294110: Reconstructing packed binaries with dynamic binary instrumentation by David Korczynski, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

1570289540: CARDINAL - Similarity Analysis to Defeat Malware Compiler Variations by Luke T Jones, United States Air Force Academy & Chthonian Cyber Services, USA; Andrew Sellers, US Air Force Academy, USA; Martin Carlisle, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

1570289001: Automatic Extraction of Malicious Behaviors    by Khanh-Huu-The Dam, IRIF, University Paris Diderot and Tayssir Touili, CNRS and University Paris 13, France



El Conquistador Hotel & Resort

1000 El Conquistador Avenue, Fajardo, Puerto Rico, USA

07:00 am to 8:00 am

Breakfast and Registration

08:00 am to 10:15 am


Session Chair: Prof. Arun Lakhotia

Session 3 - Mobile Malware, Detection & Thwarting


1570297970: SigPID - Significant Permission Identification for Android Malware Detection by Lichao Sun, Zhiqiang Li, Qiben Yan, Witawas Srisa-an and Yu Pan, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA

1570300232: Native Malware Detection in Smartphones with Android OS Using Static Analysis, Feature Selection and Ensemble Classifiers by Salvador Morales-Ortega, P.J. Escamilla-Ambrosio, A. Rodríguez-Mota and L.D. Coronado-De-Alba, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Centro de Investigación en Computación. Mejico

1570293916: On the Effectiveness of Application Characteristics in the Automatic Classification of Malware on Smartphones by Matthew Ping and Spiros Mancoridis, Drexel University, USA

10:15 pm to 10:30 am


10:30 pm to 12:30 pm


Session Chair: Fernando C. Colon Osorio

Session 4 - Offense, Defense, and Malware Provenance

1570297589: On Periodic Behavior of Malware - Experiments, Opportunities and Challenges by Anh Huynh, Wee-Keong Ng and Hoang Giang Do, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

1570289049: A covert data transport protocol by Yu Fu, Jia Zhe, Lu Yu and Richard Ree Brooks, Clemson University, USA

1570293834: Malware Provenance - Code Reuse Detection in Malicious Software at Scale by Jason Upchurch, United States Air Force Academy & University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, USA; Xiaobo Zhou. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, USA



12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Lunch & Affinity Group Discussions

Broad Spectrum Malware Group

Targeted Attacks Group

Measurement Group

Mobile Malware Group

01:30 pm to 03:00 pm



Session Chair: Richard F. Brooks

Session 5 - Malware: The emergence of New Threats, and the analysis of old friends


1570297595: ZoneDroid: Control Your Droid Through Application Zoning by Md Shahrear Iqbal, Queen's University & Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Canada; Mohammad Zulkernine, Queen's University, Canada

1570297781: Advanced Transcriptase for JavaScript Malware by Fabio Di Troia and Visaggio Corrado, Universita degli Studi del Sannio, Italy; Thomas Austin and Mark Stamp, San Jose State University, USA

1570304504: Anti-Analysis Trends in Banking Malware by Paul Black and Joseph Opacki, PhishLabs, USA


03:30 pm to 03:45 pm


03:30 am to 05:15 pm


Session Chair: Dr. Fernando C. Colon Osorio

Session 6 -Mechanisms & Strategies to Detect Mobile Malware


1570294080: DySign: Dynamic Fingerprinting for the Automatic Detection of Android Malware by  ElMouatez Billah Karbab, Mourad Debbabi, and Saed Alrabaee, Concordia University, Canada; Djedjiga Mouheb, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

1570299944: Signature Limits: An Entire Map of Clone Features and Their Discovery in Nearly Linear Time by William Casey, Carniege M ellon University and William Casey and Aaron Shelmire, Anomali, USA

1570297648: Function Identification and Recovery Signature Tool by Angel Villegas,  Cisco Systems, Inc., USA


05:15 pm to 05:30


Closing Remarks - Dr. Fernando C. Colon Osorio, General Program Chair



El Conquistador Hotel & Resort

1000 El Conquistador Avenue, Fajardo, Puerto Rico, USA

07:00 am to 8:00 am

Breakfast and Registration

08:00 am to 12:15 am



Penetration Testing Tutorial & Capture The Flag Contest



Session A: Penetration Testing Tutorial - Assessing Your Overall Security Before the Attackers do.


What is Pen-Testing?

Why Perform Pen-Testing?

Pen-Testing Tools And Reporting


Metasploit Framework 3.0

12:15 pm to 01:15 pm


01:15 pm to 09:00 pm


Session Chair: Dr. Jose A. Morales

3rd Annual Capture The Flag Contest as part of the

11th IEEE Technically Sponsored International Conference on Malicious and Unwanted Software (MALCON 2016)


First Price (Must capture all 15 flags)


$2,000.00 USD

2nd Price


Certificate 2nd Place plus $ 150.00

3rd Price

Certificate 3rd Place plus $ 75.00


Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the end of the MALCON 2016 Conference.

All participants in the conference are welcomed to form a team.

For Further Information contact:

Dr. Jose A. Morales, CTF Organizer


Mr. Dan Klinedinst, CTF Organizer


To Register, click here




09:00 am to 03:45 pm


Culebra Getaway Networking Event - Beach and Snorkel Tour & Day Trip




Check in time: 9:00am

• Departing: Lobby, El Conquistador Hotel & Resort, Fajardo Puerto Rico



• Lunch buffet with options for all

• Beverages, including rum drinks

• Quality snorkeling equipment for all ages

• Floating devices

• Swim platforms where our guest have easy access to the water

• Snorkeling instruction for our beginners

Cost: $ 125.00 pp

Upon departing marina Puerto Del Rey, we head straight out to Culebra along the Cordillera Islands. After about 45 minutes on our high-speed catamaran we arrive at one of Culebra’s beautiful reefs and anchor for about an hour and a half of snorkeling. Depending on water condition our captains may take you to: Luis Pena, Carlos Rosario, or Melones

We then move on to our beach stop, Culebrita, Playa Tortuga or another beautiful beach that will be the best to enjoy the rest of the afternoon. At either location you can swim into the beach or do some more snorkeling. We depart Culebra around 3:00 pm, returning to the marina between 3:45- 4:00pm.

Lunch is served at approximately 11:45-12:00pm, where our guests can enjoy local pastries; build your own sandwiches with fresh baked bread, fresh fruit, our signature pasta salad, chicken salad, coleslaw and cookies.

Important: Be advised that this Snorkeling beach Trip travels by high speed boat in open waters and may not be appropriate for pregnant women, those with recent surgeries, back injuries and children under 3 yrs of age.

If you tend to get seasick, we remind you that you should take an over-the-counter remedy with food at least 1 hour before the voyage.


To register and reserve your spot, click here. Seats are limited !!!!!!